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Visa and Mastercard have blocked Russian banks from using their networks , adding further financial pressure to the already beleaguered country. The Russian economy is tanking as a result of worldwide sanctions ––the rouble’s value has collapsed, and as a result the country doubled its interest rate. According to a Ukrainian intelligence report, Putin is “furious’ that the Ukraine invasion hasn’t been “easy.” The international community is sending Russia thousands of weapons and units of ammunition as Russia steps up its attacks. Yesterday, the president of Ukraine has rejected an offer of evacuation from the United States government . “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” Zelensky said. President Biden used the word “invasion” in describing the recent Russian military moves , signaling an intensification of the conflict. Western leaders quickly announced a series of sanctions against Russia, while the Ukrainian government has begun drafting reservists aged 18-60. . Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into Ukrainian separatists regions , Putin justified the move by citing alleged Ukrainian attacks on Russia ––which Kyiv claims is a total fallacy. US intelligence suggested that Russian commanders had orders to invade Ukraine earlier this week. Last week, Biden said that he is now convinced Putin will invade the Ukraine , but even still he is leaving the door open for diplomacy. The Russian military is holding drills near Ukraine, saying the talks with the United States are “on the floor.” International insurance companies will no longer cover flights […]